PlasticsEurope has said the publication of the European Commission's (EC) new Circular Economy package is a step closer to resource efficiency.
The EC proposal has outlined a gradual limitation of the landfilling of municipal waste to 10% by 2030 of total municipal waste generated.
PlasticsEurope executive director Karl-H. Foerster, said: “The European plastics industry has been calling for a legally binding landfill restriction on all recyclable as well as other recoverable post-consumer waste by 2025.
“Although a 10% target constitutes a step in the right direction, it remains a timid attempt to put an end to the landfilling of all waste which can be used a resource.”
PlasticsEurope also welcomes the Commission's intention to adopt a Strategy on Plastics and looks forward to working together to address the specificities of plastics.
However the organisation said the new 2025 recycling and preparation for re-use target of 55% for plastic packaging waste as an extremely ambitious objective since the average plastics packaging recycling rate in Europe was under 40% in 2014.